Monday, April 15, 2013

Wide Awake - Shelly Crane


Wide AwakeWide Awake by Shelly Crane

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Read this in 48 hours because I could NOT put it down...  I went to bed after 2 am just to find myself thinking about it when I woke up at 6 am!  I love the world Shelly Crane builds in her books... her characters are so loveable.

I recently finished the Significance series and had this one my Kindle since it came out but just got around to reading it!  I'm so glad I did!  The main character is Emma who wakes up from a coma and no clue who the privileged teen is staring back at her in the mirror.  She has amnesia, a connection to her therapist, a meat-head boyfriend, uptight parents, and no idea who she is.

Shelly Crane amazed me with this book because it blew me away after it sucked me in!  The world of who Emma was supposed to be and who she was before her amnesia was so vivid.  She was an awful brat!  Even she can tell!  I loved how real Emma felt and she was so easy to connect with!  She was so down to earth, disgusted with herself, and real.  She has lots of emotion and she was so likeable. 

Miss Crane writes excellent novels that draw you in and creates a world that you don't want to leave when it's over.  All I have to say is wow and I'm so excited to see what's next!!!


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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Independence - Shelly Crane - Significance Series

Independence (Significance, #4)Independence by Shelly Crane

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Gah I love these characters and I'm really going to miss the world Shelly Crane took me to in the Significance series...

So I love this series and this book is one that will suck you in right away just like the rest!  I LOVE Maggie & Caleb's chemistry and the entire Jacobson clan... especially feisty Gran and sweet Rachel!

This whole series is a feel good romantic fall in love series.  You are left happy and full.  I loved this series as it was a true escape into another world where I wouldn't mind spending my time.

There was action, romance, and lots of laughs in this one!  I teared up a couple of times as well!  You get to know Haddock, there's a lot going on with Marcus, also we see how all of the visions play out. 

I just love this series, I'm glad Significance is being made into a movie and I thank Shelly Crane for being such an amazing author!  This book just tugs at your heart strings and makes you feel good.

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Specials - Scott Westerfeld

Specials (Uglies, #3)Specials by Scott Westerfeld

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

So this was my least favorite in the trilogy.  I am excited to read about someone new in Extras.  In this book Tally and her friends are Specials, not just Specials but Special Specials... Cutters.  They are a new breed of Specials.  They are on a mission to take out the rebels of the New Smoke!

Tally was pretty awful during this book, her character was that of Dr. Cable's doing but still, I didn't like her or identify with her until the end.  She was so different and I guess the author did a good job of making me dislike her character.  I was glad to see more of David in this one and how the New Smoke was revolutionizing the "world." 

Andrew Simpson Smith even makes a quick cameo!

The book was fast paced, a lot of it was action packed.  There wasn't really a dull moment but with all the action a lot of the thinking, conversations, and world that I liked in Uglies and Pretties faded away.

I'm glad I got some closure as to what happens and I liked the ending.  It suited Tally and the series.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Pretties - Scott Westerfeld

Pretties (Uglies, #2)Pretties by Scott Westerfeld

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Better than book 1!

So sequels don't always do it for me, a lot of time they are full of fluff.  This may have had fluff but it was "bubbly" fluff!  Obviously if you read book one you know this will start with Tally being pretty, she had the operation so she's pretty on the outside and pretty-minded on the inside!  She's changed so much, her and Shay are besties and life is "bubbly."  I caught on to New Pretty lingo pretty quickly there's only a handful of words they use a lot.

She is in a new pretty haze for awhile so we do get to see the new pretty lifestyle!  Peris is in this, Shay, and some new characters Zane and Fausto.

This book is "sectioned" off.  At one point Tally is completely alone and meets up with what can be described as the research for the operation which is was probably one of my favorite parts of the book!  The tribe welcomes her and Andrew Simpson Smith is a really fun character.

This book is definitely all about the cure!  We do see David and I almost cried at their confrontation!  The surprise at the end of this one is probably as big as the surprise at the end of The Uglies.  It's definitely a game changer and I'm really excited to see how this turn out for Tally.

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Monday, April 1, 2013

Uglies - Scott Westerfeld

Uglies (Uglies, #1)Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love the concept and the world built by Scott Westerfeld!

SO, where do I begin?  What are Uglies?  They are normal people... what????  Yes normal people are considered uglies until they have an operation when they turn 16 that turns them all beautiful.  They are warded off to live with other uglies until the operation and then once the operation hits they move to New Pretty Town and party all the time.

Tally is the heroine whom the story revolves around and she is an ugly almost 16.  She befriends Shay who tells her of a place where you don't have to be beautiful, you can stay ugly.  Tally wants to have the operation and go see her old best friend Peris and party until sunrise.  She does NOT want to be ugly.  She and Shay pull pranks and become fast friends.  Shay tells her of the Smoke where the "rebel" people live.  These are just normal uglies who did not have the operation.  Tally can't imagine anything as awful as this so she lets Shay go on her own...

Too bad she didn't realize the consequences of letting Shay go to the Smoke and staying behind so she can become Pretty.  All I will say is that her punishment for not giving up Shay is an ugly one.

I wont give anything away, it's definitely a new spin on a typical Dystopian novel.  The world that Scott Westerfeld has built between the New Pretty Town, The Smoke, Ugly City, Special Circumstances, The Rusties, all of the inventions we use today and the new ones of the future is absolutely stunning.  I can imagine this in a film with beautiful cinematography.  There's a huge twist at the end which makes me desperate to see what happens in book 2 Pretties.  Definitely a well thought out book and concept with a great spin that will leave your imagination to go run wild!

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